Fun Treat Bags

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Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  I spent the day partying it up with my kids at their daycare.  I decided to make something that all the kids would want to keep.  So I made these adorable bags with their names on them.  I put a few Hershey Kisses in and some temporary tattoos.  These were so easy to make.  The hardest part was deciding what to put on them.  I was going to theme them with hearts and “love” sayings but then changed my mind so the kids could use them all the time.  The boys got dinosaurs, girls got hearts, and teachers got “thanks a bunch”.

I used the muslin bags from Close to My Heart.  They come in packs of 3 for $3.95.  If you want to stamp something on them you need to use a pigment ink.  I used Sunset for the dinos and Hollyhock for the hearts.  The pigment ink dries very fast on the muslin bags.  I can not stress enough how wonderful the alphabet stamp set is… “a typeface”.  If you ever want to personalize treat bags or anything small you MUST have this one… especially for only $6.95!

I also used the new stamp set “Oodles of Doodles” to make the labels and since it’s cricut compatible with the Artiste cartridge it only took 2 minutes to cut all 22 labels.

Check them out:






So head over to my website and get your supplies to make favors for a party or just a few thank gifts for a friend.

Here’s the items I used:

  • Oodles of Doodles Stamp Set B1449 $9.95
  • Retired dinosaur stamp set
  • December 2012 stamp of the month
  • Adventure Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pads Set Z2501 $19.95
  • Basics Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pads Set Z2503 $19.95
  • Hollyhock Ink Pad Z2128 $5.25
  • Blush Ink Pad Z2106 $5.25
  • My Creations Muslin Drawstring Bags Z1822 $3.95
  • A Typeface Stamp Set A1117 $6.95


Let’s have a Pajama Party!

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January Pajama Party

Want to scrapbook in your Pajamas from the comfort of your own home?  Close to My Heart will be co-hosting a pajama party with Big Picture Classes and you can make a really fun Valentine’s Day page.

The free webcast will air Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 pm (MST). The Pajama Party will be available for FREE at on January 30, and will be archived after the event for future viewing.

If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Class website.

To make the “Lucky in Love” scrapbook page you will want to have the following items—or similar products—on hand:

  • G1066 Workshops on the Go™ Sarita Scrapbooking Kit
  • X5935 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2106 Blush Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace
  • Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems
  • Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
  • Z1294 Sanding Kit
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

You can order any of these items by clicking here.

January’s Campaign will have you on Cloud Nine!

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Happy New Year everyone!  My New Year’s resolution is for this Busy Bee to take it to the next level.  Which means more posts and more giveaways!  We have a new catalog going live in a little less than a month, but let’s send the current catalog out with a bang.  The special from January 1-31 is awesome.  When you make a $35 purchase you can get this great $46 card kit for $15.  That’s more than half off!

Cloud Nine

Check out this awesome video that shows you all the contents of the kit.

So what are you waiting for?  Click here to place your $35 order and get your kit today!

Our First Giveaway!

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Check out this video where they show you 2 different layouts they made with the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge. Great idea for holiday layouts but also shows you how versatile you can be with Artbooking. It’s so easy.  After you watch the video check out my giveaway page and enter to win your very own Artbooking Cartridge Bundle!  Hurry because it ends November 30, 2013.





Christmas Cardmaking Workshop

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I’m offering a workshop!  If you’re trying to get things ready for the holidays it’s a great time to start.  Not in Morgantown?  No problem.  I will pre-cut everything for you and mail it to you.  Just make sure that you purchase the full kit so that you will have everything to make these adorable cards.


You can make 10 (5 of each design) cards for only $15 and everything is already cut out for you.  All you have to do is stamp and put them together!

My workshop will be held on Saturday December 14th at 11 AM.  If you would like to attend please email me.

If you would like a kit mailed to you I can do that too.  You just need to have the following things on hand:
C1567   My Acrylix Santa Claus Stamp Set   $13.95
Z2165    Juniper Ink Pad                                 $5.25
Z2170    Ruby Ink Pad                                    $5.25
Z2172    Whisper Ink Pad                               $5.25
Z697      Sponge                                              $1.25


If you would like to order the kit simply email me at so we can make paypal arrangements and figure out shipping costs.  You can order the on-hand items here.  Last date to kits ordered is December 15 for shipping on December 16.

Huntington Layouts (Close To My Heart)

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Now that Halloween is done and we’re preparing for Thanksgiving I wanted to share my autumn layouts with you all.  Our Huntington paper is perfect for this time of year.  The pictures of my layouts don’t do them justice.  The paper is beautiful.  Using the Huntington Workshop on the Go kit I put the first layout together with the included directions.  The instructions for the second layout can be found on the close to my heart website.  They are so easy to follow.  They even give you the instructions to cut the paper so that you conserve your paper!




Once you get done you even have a bunch of paper and the embellishments leftover.  So click here to order your kit!

For $29.95 you get the following:
Huntington Paper Packet
My Acrylix® Huntington Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
Cardstock Sheets (2 Colonial White, 2 Goldrush)
Huntington Assortment
Sparkles Brown & Tan Assortment
Instructional Guide

Keep stopping by because I’ll be posting lots of holiday artwork and also some different projects that you will be able to purchase.

Curled Paper Wreath Tutorial

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I saw this idea and I had to try it!  So while I was working on it I decided to make a tutorial for you.  This was such a fun and easy project.  In fact I had loved it so much I did the Halloween wreath and decided to make a Christmas wreath too!

For the Halloween wreath I used a retired Close to My Heart paper packet.  I used 4 pieces of paper and cut ½ inch strips…. Make sure that if you have a striped paper like below that you cut it so the stripes go up.  If you cut them going down then the paper doesn’t curl right.


Next you curl the paper by holding the middle and curling each side separately away from the middle.



Then using straight pins you pin the curls to a Styrofoam wreath.  Then I just pinned a ribbon to the back using several straight pins.  You can even fluff the curls to make it nice and full.


So here is the finished wreath for Halloween and Christmas.  I wish I had used more reds in the Christmas wreath but I was saving it for some other projects.  I used our Sparkle and Shine paper packet and the Frosted paper packet to make it.  I also used the stamp from the Sparkle and Shine Workshop on the Go.  It coordinates with our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge so I didn’t have to cut out the shape.



Have you checked out our Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide?  That’s where our new Sparkle and Shine paper and coordinating accessories can be found.  The pictures don’t do it justice.  It has a beautiful shimmer to it.  Don’t forget that if you make a $100 purchase you get a free “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide.

Adorable Birth Announcement

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Wow!  Can’t believe it’s October already.  That means it’s officially fall… at least for me that’s how I think of it.  In a few days you will have the chance to see our awesome new mini-catalog that will only be available until December 31.  Get ready to check out some awesome things!  I’ve had a chance to preview it and can’t wait until I get my goodies.  They should be here any day now.  When you place a $100 order you can get one of the “star” items from the mini-catalog for free.  Check out these adorable trees made with the sparkle and shine paper.  I can’t wait to make these!

2013 mini catalog

In the meantime check out this adorable birth announcement that my friend Heather made.  She was sweet enough to allow me to post this here.  I know the baby just makes this card even more adorable than it already was!  She rounded the corners and used our personalized stamps to label them.  She even used our great monogram stamp and cricut cartridge.

Baby Announcement

Zoo Party Thank You Card CD Holder

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Today I wanted to share my follow-up to the zoo invite.  Here’s our Zoo party thank you card.  We only had 6 families that came to my daughter’s party.  I thought it would be great to give everyone a copy of all the pics we took during the party.  So using my cricut I made a really neat thank you card CD holder!  I love our cricut cartridges more and more every day 🙂



I used the cricut Artiste cartridge for the envelope and the thanks shape.  I also used the Artbooking cartridge to make the lion and giraffe shapes.  I sponged the flap with gypsy.  I also have to tell you that I love our special stamp this month.  That’s where the sentiment came from.  Right now you can get this awesome stamp set for only $10 when you place a $50 order.

trio special

Here’s a great way to get more bang for your buck… You can get 7 stamp sets and the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge for $114 (plus tax and shipping).  Just order the Artbooking cartridge and you can add the stamp of the month for $5 and also the trio set for $10.  That gives you 7 total stamp sets!

Here’s everything I used to make this neat CD holding card:

For every $50 you spend you can get a trio set for $10.  What an excellent present for any stamper!  So head over to my site and get yours today.


Close to My Heart Trio Stamp set for September

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Happy Labor Day!  I hope everyone is enjoying time with family and friends.  Before I get to my celebrations I wanted to share our September special with you.  It’s National Stamping Month so what better to celebrate with than a trio of stamps?

2013 Sept campaign

This month our special is an adorable stamp trio that is on 3 D-size sheets for $10.  How do you get this awesome trio?  Place a $50 order and you can add this set for $10.  The best part is you can get multiples for every $50 you spend.  So you can start your Christmas shopping early and get a great deal for the stampers in your life.

Check out this video from CTMH.

So what are you waiting for?  Head on over to my shop and get your trio set today!